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The many virtues of the small, independent building set apart from the main household have been recently rediscovered by those who question the notion that all domestic pursuits must take place under a single roof.
Our new topical guide proves that nearly anyone can construct an outbuilding—not a flimsy, amateurish junk pile either, but a sturdy, handsome, weather-tight structure that’s eminently usable and thoroughly presentable. Such a project can yield a bounty of rewards: a private space in which to work, think, read, write, pursue a hobby, escape from friends or family play or compose or listen to music, introspect, or just relax in splendid isolation. The very same building-supplies industry that has made life easier for professional builders over the years has now made it possible for an unskilled layperson to put up a small building in a surprisingly short time for surprisingly little money. This guidebook describes a basic frame design that conforms to nationally accepted building codes and uses universally available materials. The design has been carefully formulated and tested with an eye toward simplicity and modularity, so the resulting outbuilding is first and foremost very easily constructed.
The sections and the topics covered in them include:
Introduction • Preparations • Making a Sketch • The Foundation • The Deck • About Windows and Doors • Framing the Walls • Framing the Roof • Sheathing, Siding, Windows, and Door • Closing the Roof Ingress: Decks and Stairs • When to Stop • Power • Insulation and Vapor Barrier • The Interior Walls. Completing the Room: Trim and Flooring • Paint, Heat, Finishing Touches
(adapted from: Time-Life Books Home Repair and Improvement series)
The Basic Remodeling-Techniques Guide
General Guide to Home DIY
Basic Home-Improvement/DIY Stuff
Installing Wood Flooring
One would like to install a glue-less wood floor. An example is DiamondPlate. Can one install a glue-less wood floor over vinyl laminate floor? Or should one rip out the vinyl and start from scratch? Is there a danger that trying to rip out the vinyl you are going to have to replace some sub-flooring due to the glue?
The key is to make the under floor level. Each flooring company has a spec on how much the floor can be out over a set length. The floor should be flat within about 1/8 of an inch over 8 ft. Any more than that you you will notice the gaps when you walk on the floor and it will cause the seams to fail over time.
That is where the leveling compounds come in. With wood sub floors I use a power planner to take down the high spots and use a floor leveling compound to fill the low spots.
As long as there is no major voids or humps in the existing vinyl, it should be ok. Those floors float on a liner of closed cell foam or some even rosin paper, but foam gives it some "cush". The foam pad may take a bit to get used to since you may be accustomed to having a solid floor. After a couple of years, because of the maple color and "glueless" design, dirt may infiltrate into the joints and create a black outline around each "board". So, a darker color would mask this condition pretty well. [tips index]
Laminate floor cleaning
Q: What product should be used to clean a laminate floor? When it's cleaned with a regular damp mop it streaks -- it look dull when dry.
A: Use Bona Kemi Hard Surface Cleaner. It doesn't leave any streaks, it's non-toxic and won't damage your laminate floor. Mop with microfiber disposable cloths that attach to a sweeper. [tips index]
Q: What is the best way to clean a tiled floor? There are cheap electrostatic "mops" which can be attached a floor wipe, but they seem to be ineffective. Are expensive "flash" mops which, use fluid bottles, effective? Also, what does one do about stained tiles? Is bleach effective, or will this damage the tile surface?
A: Unfortunately, the best way to clean a floor -- other than using a power washer -- is via plain ol' elbow grease. Get some heavy-duty kitchen gloves, a non-scratching pad, dilute some Simple Green in hot water, and start scrubbing. Repeat as necessary until the floor is spotless. Protect the floor with a decent wax or other surface protector. Clean spills immediately after they occur, mop the floor every week and wax it when it looses its luster. [tips index]
Someone asked: I have a rug that's not too large (1m x 3m). My cat vomited up on today. I've had the rug for a few years and it could use a cleaning anyway. What's the best way to clean an oriental rug?
Possible solution: It depends on the value of the carpet. In case it's very rare, expensive or antique, the best way to clean it's to take it to a specialized oriental-rugs cleaning company instead of experimenting on it. Otherwise, you can buy some carpet-washing liquid in a store. Then you need to use a vacuum cleaner with washing functions and spray water on carpet's surface. Mix this washing liquid with water in a bucket and , dipping a brush in it, start cleaning it. It is best if this brush is made of natural materials. You need to rub this carpet evenly cleaning all the spots. Be sure to go through all of the carpet. Then, using the washing vacuum cleaner, suck up all liquid from the carpet. It is best if you hang it to dry, out of direct sunlight. [tips index]
Hardwood Floors, Laminate
Flooring, Bamboo, Wood Flooring — You can save hundreds
or even thousands of dollars by doing your own flooring installations
throughout your home. Use the information on this web site to help
plan your next flooring project through each phase. Whether you choose
hardwood, tile, vinyl, ceramic, laminate or bamboo, you'll save money
and have long-lasting improvements that you can enjoy and appreciate
whenever you step through the door.
Use our Floor Finder Tool
Contemporary Area Rugs, Oriental Rugs, Persian Carpets — What's
the difference between a $59 rug and a $10,000 rug, and those priced
in between those extremes? Why can you walk into a department store and
find a 6'x9' rug for $59, then walk across the street to a specialty
rug store and find a rug the same size for nearly $10,000?
Earth-friendly DIY Home Improvement isn't just for "Tree Huggers": whether you choose to go all the way -- via wind power, solar power or geo-thermal -- or want to start small (e.g., with compact fluorescent light bulbs) this environmentally-conscious web site will tell you how to build, modify and maintain the ideal energy-efficient home, office or dwelling. Earth-friendly DIY Home Improvement ... much of it's affordable effective NOW, it will pay for itself in the LONG TERM and , of course, it's the right thing to do for ourselves, our children, our co-inhabitants -- the plants and animals -- indeed...our planet and the biosphere it supports! top of page
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